Law and Policy


This photo shows Wisconsin residents Brandon Nelson, left, and Abram Markofski, right, inside the US Capitol during the Jan. 6, 2021 insurrection. They both pleaded guilty to charges related to the attack on the Capitol and were sentenced to 24 months of probation. (Photo via US Department of Justice)
Wisconsinites Charged in Jan. 6 Insurrection Quietly Take Plea Deals

Four of six Wisconsin men charged in attack on nation's Capitol have pleaded guilty to lesser charges, while two others' cases are still moving through the court system.

A sexual assault evidence collection kit.
Evers Signs Two Bills Aimed at Preventing Another Rape Kit Backlog

The bipartisan bills will establish new guidelines to help sexual assault victims see justice sooner.

Kyle Rittenhouse, center, looks over to his attorneys as the jury is dismissed for the day during his trial at the Kenosha County Courthouse in Kenosha, Wis., on Thursday, Nov. 18, 2021. (Sean Krajacic/The Kenosha News via AP, Pool)
Rittenhouse Found Not Guilty of All Charges in Protester Killings

Many react with disappointment, but not surprise, after a jury acquits the out-of-state teen who killed two people and injured a third.

GOP Proposed maps - October 2021
Proposed GOP Maps Would End Evers’ Ability to Veto Any of Their Bills

Gov. Evers: “Republicans will have to do better than this if they expect me to sign either of these bills—they need to go back to the drawing board.”

Assembly Speaker Robin Vos (R-Rochester) holds a press conference on April 13 where he demands Gov. Tony Evers accept severe restrictions on local health officials, schools, and the governor himself in exchange for tens of millions of dollars in federal supplemental COVID food aid. (Image via Wisconsin Eye.)
GOP Approves Resolution That Tries to Lock in Gerrymandering for Another Decade

The resolution declares it “the public policy of the state” that electoral maps change as little as possible.

Defund Police on MLK Drive in Madison. (Photo by Eric Tadsen)
Who’s Really ‘Defunding the Police’? GOP-Authored Funding Rules.

Declining state aid under Scott Walker left municipalities with tough budget decisions. Police departments have faced cuts.

A police officer draws a gun
‘More Work Left’: First Police Reform Bills Pass, but Some Push for More

Evers says he’ll sign the bills, but he, legislative Democrats, and organizers say the state needs deeper reforms.